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Gordon Hayward Out Of Walking Boot

Dec 13, 2017 7:56 PM

Gordon Hayward is now out of his walking boot less than two months after his injury on opening night.

Wearing just a small brace on his left ankle, Hayward was able to walk without an aid at a community event at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.

"The process is always fluid and can change at any time but, for me, today was the day where I walk around without the boot at all," Hayward told ESPN before giving a motivational speech to a group of teens and playing the video game Destiny 2 with them. "And so I'm going to try to move forward without the boot. Depending on how my foot reacts, how much activity I'm able to do on it without it being sore, I could move back into the boot or I could never look back and never see the boot again.

"I'm just taking it day by day; today has been awesome so far without the boot."

Hayward has graduated from shooting out of a chair to shooting flat-footed in his boot over the past few weeks. 

"I think I'm a goal-oriented type of person. So I set my sights on a [short-term] goal and just focus on that until that goal is completed," Hayward said. "I have a great group of people around me; the Celtics' staff has been phenomenal, accommodating to everything that I need. My trainer [Jason Smeathers] is here, my wife [Robyn] at home, everybody is keeping me motivated and making sure that I'm sticking with protocol. It's definitely like a team thing for me. I have a lot of people that are helping me. That makes it easier."

The Celtics have maintained that they don't expect Hayward to return this season.

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Gordon Hayward Soon Progressing Out Of Walking Boot Stage

Dec 7, 2017 12:03 PM

Gordon Hayward will soon no longer need his walking boot as he begins the early stages of his rehab from a fractured left ankle.

Hayward’s wife, Robyn, posted a video of a boot-less Hayward on Instagram on Wednesday, sparking chatter about Hayward’s progress.

There has not been an official timetable announced for when Hayward might be able to return to basketball activities.

“He’s progressing along. He can take the boot off for short periods of time,” Danny Ainge told the “Toucher and Rich" program. “But he's doing really well. His therapy is going great. He's right on schedule. He’s doing sometimes two workouts a day and trying to get stronger. The next phases are getting out of the boot completely, but I still think that he’s a couple weeks away from being permanently out of the boot.”

Ainge was asked whether Hayward has expressed a desire to return to the court this season.

“You know he hasn’t expressed that. Just knowing professional athletes, I know that down inside he wants to be back faster than anybody has ever been back from this kind of injury. He’s got a competitive streak to him. He’s asking lot of questions, he’s got good people around him. He’s diligent in his rehab.

“I know what’s going on in his mind but I don’t think he’ll say anything about how fast he wants to get back.”

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Brad Stevens, Mike D'Antoni Named NBA Coaches Of The Month

Dec 1, 2017 4:49 PM

The Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens and the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.   

Stevens guided the Celtics to an NBA-best 19-4 record during October and November, including a 9-2 mark at home and a 10-2 mark on the road.  Boston followed an 0-2 start with 16 straight victories, tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history.  During the streak, the Celtics rallied from a deficit of at least 13 points to win a game five times.  Under Stevens, Boston led the NBA in defensive rating through November, allowing 98.4 points per 100 possessions.  The Celtics went 15-0 when giving up fewer than 100 points. 

D’Antoni led the Rockets to a Western Conference-best 17-4 record in October and November.  Houston closed this stretch with six consecutive victories, its second six-game winning streak of the season.  Overall, the Rockets outscored opponents by an NBA-high 10.8 points per game while compiling marks of 8-3 at home and 9-1 on the road.  In November alone, Houston went 12-1 with a point differential of plus-16.8 points per game.  D’Antoni, the 2016-17 NBA Coach of the Year, has overseen seven victories by 20 or more points this season.          


Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Indiana’s Nate McMillan, Philadelphia’s Brett Brown, Portland’s Terry Stotts and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. 

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Denver Was Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray For Kyrie Irving

Nov 16, 2017 8:47 AM

The Denver Nuggets would not include Jamal Murray in trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

If Denver had offered Cleveland a package of Murray, Wilson Chandler and a top-3 protected first round pick for Irving, they would have been in the bidding.

The Nuggets also had trade talks with the Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Jamal Murray, Wilson Chandler, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Steve Kerr: Boston Looks Like The Team Of The Future In The East

Nov 15, 2017 11:12 AM

Steve Kerr described the Boston Celtics as the next great team in the Eastern Conference.

"It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing," Kerr said after practice Tuesday. "That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come. Whether their time is now or the future, that's to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now."

Kerr complimented the Celtics for how they've worked in younger players while continuing to play excellent basketball at the top of league.

"They're really sound, and they're motivated," he said. "It's a team that's been on the rise the last couple of years. They lost in the conference finals. They want to win a championship, and it looks like it. Even without Gordon Hayward and that awful injury, Boston is just crushing people. So, it's going to be really fun to go against them on Thursday. We know how tough it's going to be."

The Warriors will play at the Celtics on Thursday.

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LeBron: I Haven't Played With Scorer Who Can Also Get Guys Involved For A While

Nov 14, 2017 5:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have begun the 17-18 season slowly, but that doesn't change LeBron James' goals.

"I'm in win mode still," said James on Saturday.

James is looking forward to playing with Isaiah Thomas, who was acquired to help replace Kyrie Irving.

"It's been a while since I've had that clear-cut guy who can get guys involved but also score at the same time," James told B/R Mag. "But it's fine. It's something that our team will make an adjustment to."

James has played more point guard than ever while waiting for Thomas.

"I'm a student of the game, so I know everywhere I can help, man," Thomas told B/R Mag. "I can help, first off with my aggressiveness and my scoring ability. But just putting pressure on the defense every time down. Being able to get in the paint and make the defense pick and choose what they want to stop. Being able to get to the free-throw line. Little things like that that I see nobody's really doing but Bron."

While the Cavaliers remain favorites to win the East, they are vulnerable.

"They could be a team that gets beat early in the playoffs," said one longtime scout, citing the Cavaliers' aging rotation and lack of athleticism. "I think we're seeing the twilight of that group."

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Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving

Nov 13, 2017 3:00 PM

During their trade discussions in June involving Paul George, the Indiana Pacers asked for Kyrie Irving on several occasions and the Cleveland Cavaliers told them he wasn't available.

Irving requested a trade approximately eight days after George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Irving was ultimately dealt to the Boston Celtics.

Brian Windhorst offered the additional reporting details in response to a Frank Isola Tweet about how the Cavaliers attempted to trade Irving to the Pacers.

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Kyrie Irving To Play With Protective Mask Following Facial Fracture

Nov 11, 2017 6:35 PM

Kyrie Irving will likely miss at least one game due to a facial fracture he suffered on Friday.

Irving is expected to wear a protective mask for two weeks.

Irving was inadvertently hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes.

Irving has averaged 20.3 points, 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals this season.

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Isaiah Thomas Expects To Adjust To LeBron 'Quicker Than Somebody Else Could'

Nov 10, 2017 12:46 PM

Isaiah Thomas anticipates being able to adjust to playing beside LeBron James more easily than Kyrie Irving did.

"It's definitely going to be an adjustment period but me being older, me knowing the game a little bit more and being a student of the game, I'm going to be able to adjust quicker than somebody else could," Thomas said.

Irving was 22 when James joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

Thomas is continuing to work his way back from his hip injury.

"I feel good man," Thomas said. "Every week I'm getting better and better, and I'm able to do more and more, and it's getting there."

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Kyrie Irving: Are There Really Little Things In The Grand Scheme Of Things For Us?

Nov 9, 2017 5:58 PM

Kyrie Irving spoke about how valuable Marcus Smart is for the Boston Celtics.

"He's a true necessity," said Irving. "He does the little things. Are there really little things in the grand scheme of things for us? 

"We understand how importantly he is offensively and defensively for us."

Smart is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 29.7 minutes per game this season for the Celtics.

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Al Horford In Concussion Protocol
Al Horford suffered a head injury in Monday's game.

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Celtics Considered Most Likely Destination For Jahlil Okafor If Bought Out
The Celtics have expressed interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor in the past.

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Celtics Exercise 18-19 Options On Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier
Jaylen Brown is averaging 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal through the first seven games.

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Celtics Granted $8.4M Injury Exception
The Celtics have been granted a disabled-player exception by the NBA for the anticipated season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward.

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Celtics Give Gordon Hayward Coaching Project During Rehab
Gordon Hayward was injured in his first game with the Celtics and the assignment is intended to keep him engaged.

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Kyrie Irving Had Interest In Knicks Since They're 'Close To Home'
Kyrie Irving reiterated he had genuine interest in being traded to the Knicks despite their current status as a rebuilding franchise.

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Kyrie Irving Fined $25,000 For Foul Language To Fan
Kyrie Irving directed foul language towards a fan in Philadelphia.

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Multiple Factors Led Cavaliers To Scrap Kyrie Irving Tribute Video
Several Cavaliers' players were upset by the idea of showing a tribute to Kyrie Irving during the game.

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Kyrie Irving's Father Had Issues With Cavaliers During Most Of Tenure
Drederick Irving was often upset with the Cavaliers during Kyrie Irving's six years with the team.

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Gordon Hayward Unlikely To Return In 17-18
Gordon Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night.

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Gordon Hayward To Undergo Surgery With Full Recovery Expected
Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a dislocation and fracture of his left tibia.

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Gordon Hayward Suffers Fractured Left Ankle, Broken Tibia
The game was delayed for several minutes as Gordon Hayward was stretchered off the floor.

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Marcus Smart, Celtics Were Close On Extension
The Celtics and Marcus Smart were unable to agree upon a contract extension before Monday's deadline.

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Celtics Likely To Start Jayson Tatum On Opening Night
Jayson Tatum will likely get the start for Boston while Marcus Morris recovers from knee soreness.

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Isaiah Thomas Believes He Should Have Sat Out Playoffs
Isaiah Thomas braced for surgery after he was shut down by the Celtics during the East Finals.

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Marcus Smart Hasn't Received Extension Offer From Celtics
Marcus Smart and the Celtics have a deadline of Oct. 16th to reach agreement on an extension or wait for restricted free agency.

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Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris Found Not Guilty In Assault Trial
The Morris twins were accused of helping three other people beat up Erik Hood outside a high school basketball game in Phoenix in 2015.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Kyrie Irving: You Can't Put A Price On Happiness
Kyrie Irving went on ESPN's "First Take" on Monday and was asked about why he wanted to be traded by the Cavaliers.

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Jaylen Brown Seeking Active Role In Union
The Celtics will need to appoint a new player rep following the departure of Kelly Olynyk to the Heat.

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